What Does The Lightning Icon On A Facebook Post Mean?

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Many of us routinely read on our phones and Facebook is one of the more popular places where people get their daily dose of news and opinion pieces. The platform is so popular that it isn't possible for an online publication to exist and not have a Facebook page. If you read on your phone, and frequently find articles to read in your Facebook feed, you might have noticed that some articles have a small lightning icon on them. The first thing that comes to mind here is that perhaps the post is tending but that isn't what the icon means. The icon represents posts that are Instant Articles. Read More

How To Cast & Queue Reddit Posts To Chromecast From Your Android Phone

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Reddit has become so big that people are no longer ashamed to admit they visit the site or that they get a majority of their daily news dose from it. People still do not disclose their usernames that easily but there is no shame in using the site. If you use Reddit and are particularly fond of the images and videos shared to it, Cast for Reddit is a free Android app that you might like if you have a Chromecast. The app lets you send any image or video from Reddit to your TV. You can use the app to browse the top content on Reddit and tap anything to send it to the Chromecast. Read More

How To Search For And Add GIFs In The Twitter Mobile App

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Twitter has long supported the ability to play GIFs. You can tweet a GIF image and it will play in the timeline on both the desktop and the mobile apps. Likewise, you can link to a GIF and it will play. Unlike Facebook, Twitter has been very accommodating of this particular image format and it's been likewise used on it excessively. As of a recent update to Twitter, you can now search for and tweet GIFs from inside the mobile apps. Here's how. Read More

Route Audio From Your PC To An Android Phone

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Macs, iPhones, and iPads are consistently built to communicate well with each other. The OS updates tie more and more of the features together but for anyone trying to get a Windows PC and an Android phone to play nice with each other, you will need third party apps. If you're trying to send audio from your PC to an Android, SoundWire is an Android and Windows app that will let you do just that. The Android version of the app comes with ads though they aren't intrusive and shouldn't make much of a difference once you have the audio set up to transmit from your desktop to your phone or tablet. The paid version of the app is free of ads and has additional features. Read More

How To Set The Default USB Connection Type In Android 6.0

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If you have an Android device that you've updated to Android 6.0 you have no doubt realized that every time you connect your device via data cable to your PC, it defaults to charging mode. If you're looking to transfer photos from the device to your computer, you have to pull down the Notification panel, tap the USB connection icon, and choose the MTP protocol or PTP protocol in order to access files on your device. In older versions of Android, there was an option to set the default USB connection type so that you wouldn't have select it each time you connected your device. In Android 6.0, the options seems to have disappeared. It has in fact moved and you can only access it if you've enabled developer options. Read More

Share A Screenshot Of Your Android Screen Using Google Now On Tap

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Android has long had the ability to take screenshots. The feature was added in Android 4.0 though there were many apps in the Google Play Store that allowed you to do so. Most of the apps required root access so the feature being made part of the OS made things much easier. To take a screenshot on Android, hold down the power and volume down button. If that combination doesn't work, hold down the power and home button. If you intend to share the screenshot with someone and your device is running Android Marshmallow, you can instead use the new Google Now on Tap feature to share what's on your screen. Here's how. Read More

Disable Notifications For An App From The Notification Area [Android]

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Just about any app you install will send you notifications. It doesn't matter if an app needs to send them to you or not, most will want to do so anyway. Some app developers consider it an opportunity to push a new promotion. That said, you can always selectively turn notifications off but if you're putting it off or don't want to go digging through an app's settings, you can jump to the right screen for turning off notifications for an app from the Notification Area in Android. Here's how. Read More

How To Disable Notifications For Recommended Videos From YouTube [Android]

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YouTube for Android has received an update and of all the features that might have been implemented in the new version of the app, notifications for recommended videos is one of them. The update has brought some great features with it like an in-app editing tool but this new type of notification is going to get your attention before anything else. The new notifications do not appear when you open the YouTube. They appear like any other notification would in the Android Notification area. It's just another way the app will distract you with videos that are trending and match your previous viewing preferences. Fortunately, the YouTube app has a way of shutting them off. Here's how. Read More

Backup Your Android Notifications & Review Them After They’ve Been Dismissed

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Notifications, once you dismiss them are gone with no way to recall them unless the app they are from has its own notification tab. If you've ever accidentally dismissed every notification on your device and later needed to look at one again, you might have wished there were a way to undo it. NotiBox is a free Android app that periodically backs up notifications and lets you review them any time. It also has a do not disturb mode that will stop all notifications but will still record and back them up. Read More

How To Redeem A Promo Code On The Google Play Store

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Google introduced promo codes for apps in the Google Play Store earlier this year. It's an incredibly awesome feature that allows developers to give away copies of their apps  for free via a text based code. The feature has been available on iOS for quite some time. We've used it to share free copies of apps that developers have generously given away. Now that promo codes for Android apps are available, you might be wondering how a code works and how to redeem it. Here's a quick run down on how to redeem a code from both the desktop and the Google Play Store app on Android. Read More

Read New WhatsApp Messages From A Floating Widget [Android]

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WhatsApp is easily one of the most popular messaging apps that people use, second perhaps to Facebook Messenger. In the past year, WhatsApp has received many updates some good, some not so good like the 'Seen' reports it now delivers. It makes using the app a bit tricky but you can turn the 'Seen' report off. If you'd prefer to keep the 'Seen' report on but still work around it, give Chat Helper for WhatsApp a try. It's a free Android widget that adds an elegant floating button to your screen. The button carries a badge to indicate the number of new/unread messages and when tapped, it expands to let you read the message. Your recipient doesn't know that you've read the message and it remains 'unread'. Read More

How To Add Multiple Accounts To The Instagram App

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Instagram is possibly the only social network of note that is totally driven by images. Where it's a great place for users to share amatuer photography, it's also an excellent marketing ground for brands that want to promote a lifestyle through their products. The app has recently received an update and the highlight of this update is the ability to add and manage multiple Instagram accounts from a single device. The update has been rolled out to both Android and iOS. Here's how to add multiple accounts to the Instagram app. Read More

How To Do A Quick Google Search For Selected Text In Chrome For Android

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Desktop browsers have long supported a search option inside the right-click context menu. The option allows you to select text on a page, right-click it, and search for the word/phrase on your default search engine. It saves you the trouble of selecting the text, copying it to your clipboard, opening a new tab, pasting the text, and then hitting enter. The same feature hasn't quite made its way to all browsers available for mobile platforms with the exception of Chrome and Firefox for Android. These browsers do indeed have a built-in function for sending selected text to Google. Here's how to use it. Read More

Practice Public Speaking On A Virtual Stage With A Simulated Audience [Android]

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Public speaking is scary and long before you get up to speak in front of people, the anxiety of having to do so cripples you. Seasoned public speakers will give you varied advice; practice in front of a mirror, picture yourself talking to an audience that came to hear you speak in their birthday suits, chew gum, etc. If your nerves are still getting the best of you, try speaking in front of a virtual audience on a virtual stage. Public Speaking for Cardboard is an Android app that you can use with your VR headset to simulate a stage or conference room for you to practice a presentation or speech in. The app is meant to work with Google Cardboard but will work fine with any other VR headset. Read More

New Features In Firefox 44 For Desktop And Android

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Firefox 44 is out for both desktop and Android with few noteworthy features for end users. Developers are likely to appreciate the slew of new animations tools added in the web console on the desktop version. For Android users, there's the ability to set a custom home page and hide the speed dial i.e. Top Sites panel. Firefox for iOS did not receive a simultaneous update however, it has been updated twice this month, once with bug and security fixes, and once with two major feature additions to the app. You can now request the desktop version of a website and use third-party password managers on iOS. Here's a detailed look at the major new additions in Firefox 44. Read More

Stream Live Video From Your Phone’s Camera To Chromecast

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An old out-dated smartphone can be utilized as a security camera. It's one of the most commonly suggested uses for devices that are no longer receiving firmware updates but have, otherwise, great hardware that is likely to go to waste. The devices aren't worth selling and can't be traded in so they're best used as a baby monitor or just a way to remotely keep an eye on your pets. Another pretty awesome use for the device is to use it as a webcam or if you have a Chromecast, you can use it to transmit a live video from the camera to a TV on your network. Here's how. Read More

How To Watch A 3D Movie With A VR Headset

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TVs have come a long way from the heavy, square, CRT screens they were years ago. Besides being slimmer, no longer needing a copper cable connection, and having exceptionally better resolutions, they've also gotten smart. Screens are so sophisticated now that you can watch a 3D movie all from the comfort of your home. The only thing stopping you is the price tag on these awesome screens which, given that the technology is still new, is a big one. That doesn't necessarily mean you can't watch a 3D movie at home. If you have a low end VR headset at home, it's actually pretty easy to do. Here's how you can watch a 3D movie with a VR headset. Read More

Track What Foods You’ve Burnt Off With Your Daily Activity Level

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Losing weight is daunting. If you've got a lot of numbers to reduce on the scale you might already see it as a goal that's too difficult to accomplish. The key is to take baby steps. You can start out with just walking daily and don't necessarily have to hit the gym everyday until you're ready for a more aggressive approach to weight loss. If your smartphone has a built in activity tracker then you can use it to count the steps you take daily, and Movesum will tell you how many calories you burnt that day. It's a free app for Android and iOS that connects with your phone's activity tracker, takes your daily activity information, and translates it into food you've burnt off. Read More

How To Play Games With Your Friends Over Chromecast

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Chromecast is used mostly for watching movies and TV shows on a big screen. If you never dig deeper into what the device can do, chances are you'll always use it as a means to avoid using an HDMI cable and nothing more. Chromecast can be used for a lot of things and even as far as entertainment goes, movies aren't the end of it. You can play games with your friends over the Chromecast. We don't mean big title games like those on Steam but smaller ones that you can play with your phone acting as the controller. Here's how. Read More

Play Movies From A Media Server To Your TV Using Your Phone [Chromecast]

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We reviewed Plex as a must-have app for anyone with a Chromecast app. Plex basically creates a media server on your PC but it's popularity stems from its support for Chromecast which very few other media server apps to. If you're already using a different media server app and don't want to switch to Plex, or it's near competitor Emby, you can instead use your iPhone or Android phone to control the media and cast it to your Chromecast. We've combed the app stores for both iOS and Android to find apps that let you play movies and TV shows from a media server and cast it to your TV. Read More